CT scans to quit smoking . . . and other storiesBMJ 2017; 358 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j3629 (Published 03 August 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j3629
Screening for lung cancer
There has been anxiety that people at high risk of lung cancer might be falsely reassured and de-motivated to stop smoking if they test negative when screened. The behaviour of smokers taking part in the UK Lung Cancer Screening trial suggests the opposite (Thorax doi:10.1136/thoraxjnl-2016-209690). All participants were given smoking cessation advice and a list of local Stop Smoking services. But those randomised to computed tomography were about 50% more likely to have quit two years later.
Recovery from mild head injury
Mild head injury (defined as a Glasgow Coma Score of 13 to 15, loss of consciousness for less than 30 minutes, and post-traumatic amnesia lasting less than 24 hours) turns out to be anything but …